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Tried the kayak thing. Even made stabilizers(out riggers with soda bottles), but the admiral didn't want it, and it would have been a problem getting visitors out to the mooring where the boat is. So we ended up buy a RID(rigid inflatable dinghy) Walker Bay 10. The Walker can also be rigged with a dagger board and a gaff rigged sail.
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Zarathu... Yes on the hook or moorings it isn't going to work very well if as you say you have guests needing to be taken out to the boat... we are on a home slip so this isn't a problem for us... it's just us two and hopefully this will work with the kayaks until something else comes along... Guests for us will have to bring their own RIB's or kayaks if we're ever on the hook!
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... Guests for us will have to bring their own RIB's or kayaks if we're ever on the hook!
I can see the invites now..... "..BYOD" - Please RSVP..
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Having tried different options I have settled on this one. It happens to be made by Sea Eagle but there are others. I went for the "Expedition" model and with the drop stitch floors (and on inflatable paddle boards now) you can stand up fairly well (leaning on the boat.) Mine holds the whole family (mom, dad and two kids), very stable, rolls up into manageable bundle, will track well with detachable skeg, can be paddled well into a headwind and will hold 850lbs. What other dinghy can do all that without a motor? The only drawback is that, though it is very tough, I don't yet feel ok about dragging it over barnacle and mussel encrusted rocks. Smooth beach rocks, no problem. Hmmm, photos not posting so here is a link:https://www.seaeagle.com/ExplorerKayaks/420X

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rolls up into manageable bundle....]
This is an inflatable, right? Glad yours works. I had one that came with the boat. It had all kinds of leaks on it that I could simply NOT find. I gave it away to someone who was better at finding leaks than me.
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I used a 12' Cobra Fish n Dive for 2 years on the west coast. That thing was a tank, it hauled gas, beer, water and fat Mexican chicks.
I'm on the east coast now and have a Pelican Strike 120.
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Been looking at the Oro line of folding kayaks for some time but have yet to pull the string. Expensive but told nearly indestructible, tract well, light and storable in our workroom.Wondering if anyone has real world experience of these on a sailboat. REI had them on sale.
Use would be kicks and giggles as well as transport when I'm by myself. Find the walker bay Genesis works well as the daily ride. On foredeck with transom folded down doesn't obstruct vision and stays put. On davits doesn't get stolen and can deploy by myself. Would think kayaks as sole dinghy must be difficult if anchoring out or in windy, choppy places. Sometimes need to pay attention even with hard bottom rib when there's chop.nervous about being seen at night even with a white light running. Would think they create another level of complexity moving about side decks or if getting green water. Those are main reasons have held off on purchase. Guess another benefit of multis is this wouldn't be less of a concern. Easier storage, no side deck issues, possibly easier on/off.
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This is an inflatable, right? Glad yours works. I had one that came with the boat. It had all kinds of leaks on it that I could simply NOT find. I gave it away to someone who was better at finding leaks than me.
Yep inflatable. no leaks. I am happy with it. check link.
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